So, you need to rid yourself of waste material that has accrued on your property or at a job site, and you’re leaning towards dumpster rental. That’s probably for the best; dumpster rental can be one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to manage waste if you go about it properly.
However, that begs the question: what is the best way to approach dumpster rental in your area? Furthermore, did you know that there are different ways to rent a dumpster, and that some of them may be of considerably more use to you than others? If you’re a little overwhelmed by these revelations, don’t be. You just need a little background information, and fortunately, you’ve come to the right place for it.
At Junk King, we have been in the waste removal business for a long time, so we’ve seen people try practically every different waste removal strategy in existence. As a result, we’ve developed a keen sense of what works for dumpster rentals, and what methods are less useful. Our experience has allowed us to create this guide to choosing successful dumpster rental options for your next project.
It should be noted right away that some dumpster rental projects will have different needs than others, so there is no universally superior rental choice. However, certain containers (and certain company policies) are more likely to benefit a wide range of potential renters. Figuring out your individual needs and then looking for solutions that suit them is the best way to make sure that your next dumpster rental is a success. Below, we’ll talk about determining your waste disposal needs and tell you what you might want to look for in a rental company:
Assessing Your Dumpster Rental Needs: A Step by Step Guide
The first thing you must keep in mind when you set out to find dumpster rental is why you are renting the dumpster. Are you a homeowner who is trying to clean up after a household event? A spring cleaner trying to clear out old rooms so that you can continue using them? A renovator trying to raise the value of your property? Those are just a few of the reasons why you might wish to rent a roll off dumpster. Here are a few more:
- You are expecting a newborn baby and wish to repurpose a room in your house for use as a nursery or playroom.
- You have let junk pile up in the garage for several years, and are now finding it difficult to access important tools or parking spaces.
- You are a professional contractor who needs a way to deal with waste materials on your next job.
- You have concrete, bricks, or other items left over from a previous project, which are unfit for disposal via your local garbage collectors.
Any of the above can be appropriate circumstances for dumpster rental, but all of them are slightly different in nature. For one thing, they will likely involve the collection of varied materials. Some rental companies merely follow local laws about what items may or may not be placed in dumpsters, whereas others impose their own restrictions on the types of items they will accept in their containers. It is vital that you check with any dumpster provider you are considering to make sure they can accommodate the items you are throwing away before you make any agreements with them.
Consider the Size of Your Container
The second thing you should base your decision on when choosing a dumpster rental company is the size of container they will offer you. Some companies provide multiple options, whereas others offer containers in a single, uniform size to all their clients. It might seem as though multiple size options are the way to go when renting a container, but be advised that most individuals do not require particularly large containers for most projects. Furthermore, the pricing for these options may be designed to persuade renters into choosing larger sizes than they need, so that they can get “more value” for their money. In fact, renting too large of a container for your needs can actually reduce the value it provides by a significant margin.
Think of it this way: a large container may hold a great deal of material, but it can also be troublesome to place. Some people assume that they will simply be able to leave their rental dumpster in the street outside their home or site for the duration of the time it takes to fill it, but this almost never the case. Most cities in the United States have laws prohibiting dumpsters or debris boxes from obstructing public right of way areas, which include streets and roads (as well as sidewalks, pathways, and public green spaces). Instead of situating your dumpster in such a place, you will often have to make space for it on your own property, which can be difficult if the container is too massive. Large containers may block driveways, preventing vehicle access. However, storing them elsewhere on one’s property can damage features of the landscape, such as turf and flora.
Access is Everything
The third thing you must consider when renting a dumpster is your ability to access it. There are two components to this feature of dumpster rental: time and distance. Basically, you will need to make sure you have the container for long enough to fill it with the materials of which you need to dispose, and you will have to make sure you can physically reach the container at all times during your rental. You will also need to make sure that the rental company can drop off the container and pick it up again successfully—if they cannot reach it to collect it at the end of your rental, you may receive a late fee. Smaller containers, therefore, make more practical choices than larger ones in most cases, because they can be placed and reached with greater versatility. You should also consider looking for a rental company with term lengths of at least a couple of days.
A Note about Price
The final consideration you should have when you set out to find suitable dumpster rental choices in your area is the pricing model that the rental company uses. Companies that charge by weight or by the length of a rental can seem practical, but remember that the weight may change depending on the size of the container you rent. Some companies can even price their rentals so that larger containers seem more cost-effective at first, but end up costing more than necessary when their weight is factored in at the end of a rental. The length of a rental can also cause complications, since you may sign a contract for a certain rental period and then find out that you only needed a portion of it to fill your container. At Junk King, we have endeavored to solve this problem by offering prices based on the amount of space that each renter uses in their container. It helps to ensure that clients never overpay for their waste management tools, and rewards them for packing their containers in responsible ways.
Choose the Dumpster Rental Option that is Right for You
There are many different dumpster rental choices out there, but you should think hard about each of the factors mentioned above before you choose one. If you need extra information, feel free to contact Junk King anytime and speak with one of our professionals who can tell you more about different container types, rental policies, or options for green disposal.